Saudi Arabia relaxes visit visa rule for GCC residents, regardless of profession

Visitors can apply for both multiple-entry visa and single-entry visa on the official website

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Published: Thu 9 Mar 2023, 6:34 PM

Last updated: Fri 10 Mar 2023, 3:31 PM

The Ministry of Tourism in Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that all GCC residents can now apply for a visit visa to the Kingdom - irrespective of their professions.

Earlier, there was a list of accepted professions, available to check on the ministry website, that GCC residents had to fall under in order to be allowed to apply.


According to the website, visitors can apply for and receive a multiple-entry visa for up to 90 days. This permit would be valid for a year and would allow the holder to perform Umrah, except during the Haj season. They can also apply for a single-entry visa for up to 30 days, which is valid for three months from the date of issuance.

The cost of an eVisa is "SAR300 plus full health insurance fees".


The following are the eligibility requirements:

1. The applicant must be at least 18 years old. For children under 18, the guardian must apply first.

2. The applicant's passport must be valid for at least six months, and the applicant must have a residency ID from a GCC country valid for no less than three months.

3. Visa holders can perform Umrah anytime except during the Haj season

4. The applicant must complete separate visa applications for each member of their direct family, and must accompany the member while entering the Kingdom.

5. For more information and apply for a visa go to www.visa.visitsaudi.com

Earlier, it was announced that the Kingdom would allow travellers to get a 96-hour entry permit to the country along with their flight tickets. The holder is allowed to perform Haj and Umrah with this transit visa.

Plan your journey to Makkah and Madinah online

The Saudi Tourism Authority earlier launched the Nusuk platform in collaboration with the Pilgrim Experience Program. Nusuk, is an official integrated digital platform that offers pilgrims and visitors an easy-to-use planning gateway for their journeys to Makkah and Madinah, and beyond. With Nusuk, travellers from all over the world can easily organise their entire visit, from applying for an eVisa to booking hotels and flights. To book Umrah travel, visit www.Nusuk.sa.

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